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Ward Trucking helps Saint Francis SIFE team deliver 40,000 pounds of food to ‘Can Hunger’

January 27, 2012

Saint Francis University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team volunteered for the third year to raise food donations for the university’s outreach Dorothy Day Center (DDC) during their ‘Let’s Can Hunger’ campaign, which began during the fall semester. One solicitation from SIFE member Kellie Vanek to Bay Valley Foods in Pittsburgh, netted 40,000 lbs. of non-perishable food donations to be distributed by the DDC to less fortunate families. The students faced the dilemma of finding a way to have the substantial donation delivered to the university. A call to Ward Trucking in Altoona was the answer.

Saint Francis University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team volunteered for the third year to raise food donations for the university’s outreach Dorothy Day Center (DDC) during their ‘Let’s Can Hunger’ campaign, which began during the fall semester. One solicitation from SIFE member Kellie Vanek to Bay Valley Foods in Pittsburgh, netted 40,000 lbs. of non-perishable food donations to be distributed by the DDC to less fortunate families. The students faced the dilemma of finding a way to have the substantial donation delivered to the university. A call to Ward Trucking in Altoona was the answer.
 

Through the consolidated efforts of Ward Trucking’s LTL and their Truckload Division, Ward Trucking generously offered their services and time to help transport and deliver the 40,000 lbs. of food.

Bill Ward, president LTL, and Tim Ward, president of truckload express, were happy to help and explained, "When we heard about the Saint Francis SIFE project we wanted to be involved. Service projects like this sometimes take many partners to make it happen. The teamwork between Bay Valley Foods (our customer), Saint Francis SIFE and Ward is wonderful. We are thrilled to be part of this project. I congratulate the Saint Francis SIFE students on their endeavors ‘to truly make a difference."

Saint Francis SIFE students unloaded approximately 23 pallets of food at the Loretto campus. This endeavor fits with the mission of the SIFE team. Andy Holzer, president of Saint Francis’ SIFE Chapter, explains, "Saint Francis’ SIFE group has a head for business and a heart for the world and the donation of this food fits that creed. We look to improve lives through the positive power of business and free enterprise. With the help of Ward Trucking and Bay Valley Foods we will greatly help the lives of those in need in Blair and Cambria counties.”

Brother Gabriel Amato, T.O.R., director of the DDC, was thrilled to receive the donation, especially since the center has recently seen increased need, “Our food pantry shelves were about 90% empty because the need for food in this area has increased greatly this year. The number of our clientele keeps increasing every day and week. We are very grateful for the donation from Bay Valley Foods so that we will be able to pass the food to others who are in desperate need of it.”

The Dorothy Day Center was founded in 1981, by current Saint Francis president Revered Gabriel J. Zeis, T.O.R. The center is a non-profit organization that continually provides clothing, food, furniture, appliances, and financial assistance to economically disadvantaged families in Blair, Cambria, Bedford and Somerset Counties. If you are interested in donating to the Dorothy Day Center, please contact 814-472-3347.